Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book was initially borne out of the questions I formulated during my time working at United Nations University. Faced with the policy challenges of promoting sustainable development, governments and...

Acronyms

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pp. xiii-xvi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-25

This book is about how the global environment is regulated and, in particular, the diversity of actors involved in addressing the problem of climate change. But it is not only, or indeed mostly, a book about climate change. Rather, it is about how private...

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Chapter 1. A Theory of Private Authority

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pp. 26-53

There is broad consensus that private actors are more important in world politics today than in the recent past. They are no longer simply influencing rule makers (though that is important too); now they...

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Chapter 2. Agents of the State: A Century of Delegation in International Environmental Law

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pp. 54-77

This chapter is the first of two exploratory missions.1 If private authority is on the rise, as many have claimed, where and how is this growing phenomenon occurring? Theories of delegation suggest...

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Chapter 3. Governors of the Market: The Evolution of Entrepreneurial Authority

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pp. 78-103

Delegated private authority plays a relatively consistent but minor role in global environmental politics. As I have demonstrated, private agents are most often useful for their expertise in technical matters and are delegated other tasks with little impact on state...

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Chapter 4. Atmospheric Police: Delegated Authority in the Clean Development Mechanism

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pp. 104-131

Thus far, this book has examined the broad contours of private authority, providing a theoretical explanation for its different forms and much needed historical context. I now turn to a more focused causal...

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Chapter 5. Atmospheric Accountants: Entrepreneurial Authority and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

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pp. 132-162

Just as financial accounting measures the inflow and outflow of money, greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting provides an inventory of the gases that are put into and removed from the...

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Chapter 6. Conclusion

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pp. 163-182

How are private rule makers contributing to the management of global environmental problems? As I have argued, the answer to this question lies in rethinking the meaning of private authority. When the concept is properly disaggregated, it becomes clear...

Bibliography

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pp. 183-206

Index

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pp. 207-216